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Hansen Surfboards in Encinitas

Hansen Surfboards in Encinitas
Shop for gear at this classic store along “Surf Route 101”

The Coast Highway in Encinitas and northern San Diego County—also known as “Old Highway 101”—is one of the great surfing roads in America. Connecting such fabled breaks as Swami’s and Pipes, the highway inspired the song “Surf Route 101,” a minor classic from 1964.

Hansen Surfboards dates back to 1961, started by South Dakota native Don Hansen, who first shaped surfboards in a shack on Oahu’s North Shore. Hansen moved to Encinitas, on the 101, in the 1970s, and Hansen Surfboards has grown into a 20,000-square-foot store—the largest surf shop in San Diego County—across from the break at Swami’s.  

Browse their collection of 500 boards, including many Hansen models, as well as an assortment from such leading companies as Santa Barbara–based Channel Islands Surfboards. Even if you’ve never caught a wave, you’ll find plenty of great Hansen-branded clothing, including T-shirts featuring the company’s original logo.

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Imagine 70 miles of sun-drenched coast, an inviting ocean and a year-round daily forecast of 21°C and you’ll understand why this southernmost stretch of California is all about outdoor fun. Discover top theme parks and attractions like SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and LEGOLAND California Resort.

The first European explorer to land in California, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, came ashore in San Diego in 1542.

Relax at legendary retreats like Hotel del Coronado, find art and culture in San Diego and surrounding cities like luxurious La Jolla . Enjoy world class golf at Torrey Pines and enjoy culture and diversity, all at the edge of a sparkling blue sea.

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Stretching 1,942 feet, the historic Oceanside Pier is the longest wooden pier on the Pacific Ocean.
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